A place of history
Almost 1000 years of history
Tradition and passion
The farm and brewery belong to the Oskar and Elisabeth Farny Foundation. In 2015/16, the foundation it rebuilt the historic brewery inn and added a modern hotel extension with a wooden shingle facade. This collection of buildings, with a large beer garden and its own chapel, looks almost like a small village – and the old malt house and the former Farny Villa underline the impression.
In 2008 we celebrated the 175th anniversary of the brewery. The illustration shows the brewery team of 1913 with master brewer Wilhelm Zeitler.
Oskar Farny – the Allgäu pionier
The first innkeeper and brewer on the Dürren estate was Konrad Kugel, innkeeper and farmer in nearby Ratzenried. In 1808 he married the daughter of the landowner at Dürren and together with her he took over the farm and the estate from his parents-in-law. Kugel, after whom one of the old pubs bars in the brewery is named, was a highly praised as a farmer and was active in local politics as a member of the Waltershofen municipal council. It is probably also thanks to him that the bridge over the Argen was built. This bridge shortened the way to market for “his” Ratzenried folk. Kugel fulfilled his dream of having his own brewery next to the inn. The beer from the estate in Dürren quickly won friends. The innkeepers from the surrounding area would come to the brewery themselves to collect it, and once it was loaded, they would take a break in the brewery inn before driving home.
In 1856, the Kugels married couple handed over the brewery, inn and surrounding buildings to their daughter Bibiane and her husband, Eustachius Farny, the first Farny on the Dürren estate.
Oskar Farny took over the estate and brewery in the third generation, after his older brother, who was actually entitled to inherit according to ancient Allgäu inheritance law, become a priest in the wake of the First World War. From today’s perspective, this was a stroke of luck for the Dürren estate. “With his whole heart, the career officer Oskar Farny was a farmer of old. Firmly rooted in the Dürren estate and his property in the Alps between Hochgrat and Hoch Hädrich”, says Dr. Leist, the chairman of the Oskar and Elisabeth Farny Foundation and former mayor of Wangen. In the brewery, Oskar Farny was open to new ideas: crystal wheat beer was invented under his leadership in 1924, and is still associated with the Farny name today. “Bright and finely moussed like champagne” was the title of the 1929 expert report of the Weihenstephan Research Institute.
Following in the footsteps of his father Hugo Farny, Oskar Farny also took over the management of the Vereinigte Käsereien Dürren and used his later political career to support the Allgäu cheese industry. This is shown, for example, by photos of Federal President Theodor Heuss surrounded by huge cheeses. Farny’s political career began as early as 1920, when he was first elected to the Württemberg state parliament. In 1930 he was elected to the Reichstag as a man of the center. Ever since his time in military training in Weingarten before World War I, Oskar Farny had been friends with Erwin Rommel. In 1944, he secured Rommel’s diaries, preventing the Gestapo from seizing them. Just the day before his murder, Rommel was at the Dürren with his wife.
After the war, Farny continued his political career. He represented the state of Baden-Württemberg in Bonn as a minister of the Bundesrat. This led to the political prominence of the Dürren estate. Theodor Heuss, Konrad Adenauer, Carlo Schmid and many others were guests here. And it was here in 1960 that Kurt Georg Kiesinger presented Farny with the Grand Cross with Star and Sash of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Links: Oskar Farny mit dem ehemaligen Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer. Rechts: Oskar Farny begrüßt Bundespräsident Theodor Heuss.
Die Ehe mit seiner Frau Elisabeth, die Oskar Farny über alle schwierigen und bewegten Jahre unterstützte, blieb kinderlos. So überführten die beiden ihr Vermögen in die Oskar und Elisabeth Farny-Stiftung, die das Hofgut mit Feld und Wald, den großen Alpbesitz, den Weinberg am Kaiserstuhl und natürlich die Brauerei umfasst.
1983 starb Oskar Farny im Alter von 92 Jahren, seine Frau folgte ihm ein Jahr später. Beide sind in der Grabkapelle auf dem Dürren beigesetzt.
Oskar Farny died in 1983 at the age of 92, his wife following him a year later. Both are buried in the mausoleum on the Dürren.
It is thanks to Dr. Jörg Leist that the estate today shines in its old/new splendor. He worked hard to save the old brewery inn from decay and to revive it. In discussions with the foundation’s advisory board, the brewery and the authorities, the idea was born to expand the inn with a small hotel, whereby both architecture and interior design skillfully combine tradition and modernity. Dr. Jörg Leist also took on the task of preserving the soul of the old house. This can be seen in many loving details, be it in the listed Vögtle-Stube or the room known as the Schwedenkeller. For example, the staircase to the second floor had to be moved to the connecting building between the brewery inn and the hotel. But a place was nevertheless found for the old stair-rail – as a wall decoration. The two people walking up it are painted, however. Carefully and without disturbing the charm of the past, the buildings have since been further expanded, including the children’s playground opposite the beer garden. The guests appreciate it.